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PhD Forestry

PhD Programs

To earn a Doctor of Philosophy degree, all NREM graduate students must complete three sets of requirements:

  • Iowa State University Graduate College requirements
  • NREM Department requirements
  • Graduate major requirements

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Admissions Requirements

M.S. Degree: Biological Sciences, ecology or other related area

Minimum M.S. GPA: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

GRE: None

GMAT: None

TOEFL: See graduate college requirements (International Students Only)

Academic Records / Transcripts: Yes

Letters of Recommendation: Three (3)

Completed Coursework: coursework equivalent to an M.S. in biological sciences, including courses in forestry, biology, botany, ecology, hydrology, environmental science, economics, or wood science.

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PhD Degree Requirements

72 credits total  |  36 credits of coursework  |  30 credits of research

Coursework includes:

  • STAT 587 (Statistical Methods for Research) or equivalent
  • at least one additional graduate-level course in statistics
  • Competence in an area of specialization, demonstrated by the completion of
    •  14 cr. of Research (FOR 699) beyond the Masters program
    • 3 additional forestry courses at the 500 or 600 level
    • courses in science necessary to the application to forest resource problems
  • At the discretion of the student’s POS Committee, previous graduate course work may be applied in the student’s PhD program of study within the limits prescribed by the Graduate College



There's the possibility of students receiving an assistantship (teaching or research) to help cover the costs of their program. Doctorate Degree students with an assistantship can expect to receive:

  • A stipend starting at approximately $2,000
  • Healthcare benefits
  • Full tuition remission

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Interdepartmental Graduate Majors

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